The Naked & Nude Art Prize

(Previously the Manning Art Prize: Naked & Nude)

2017 Art Prize

Melbourne artist Dagmar Cyrulla is the winner of this year’s $16,000 acquisitive Manning Art Prize: Naked and Nude for her oil on linen entry titled The phone call IV.

Winners were announced by judge John McDonald, art critic for the Sydney Morning Herald, on 2 September at the exhibition’s gala opening at the Manning Regional Art Gallery.

The competition attracted 335 entries, with 60 finalists selected for exhibition.

Mr McDonald said the field of artists was “of a very high standard”.

Second prize of $3000 went to Peter Churcher from Port Douglas for the oil on canvas work titled Kaue.

The Robin Norling Bequest Prize of $1000 was won by Nick Mourtzakis from Collingwood, Victoria for his oil on linen work Cadmium Green.

Highly commendeds were awarded to Zai Kuang from Clayton, Victoria, for the oil on canvas Dry Season; Stephen Bird from Maroubra, NSW, for glazed earthenware Delilah and Samson and Mark Feiler from Brisbane for his archival print on cotton rag AlanaBlu2.

The winner of the Manning Art Prize: Naked & Nude ‘People’s Choice’ Award is Vicki Sullivan of Victoria. Vicki’s painting, ‘Back Study of Brianna’, proved the firm favourite of visitors to the exhibition and she wins $1,000. Congratulations Vicki!

The 2017 Manning Art Prize: Naked & Nude finalists are:

Behzad Alipour
Karryn Argus
Troy Argyros
Michael Armstrong
Stephen Bird
Tracey Buxton
Amber Carbury
Peter Churcher
Jodi Clark
Dianne Coulter
Nicole Crampton
Dagmar Cyrulla
Carolyn Davis
Nada DeCat
Rodney Edelsten
Sheridan Elphick
Leah Emery
Mark Feiler
Prudence Flint
Guy Gilmour
James Guppy
James Guppy, Hilary Herrmann
Jessica Guthrie
Kristin Hardiman
Tannya Harricks
Geoff Harvey
Sally Hook
Yvette Hugill
Zai Kuang
Tatyana Kulida
Selway Lampard
miriam Loftus
Stewart MacFarlane
William Maguire
Simon Mark
Laura Matthews
Emma Michaelis
Matilda Michell
Nick Mourtzakis
Kellie Orr
Prue Platt-Hepworth
Glen Preece
Matthew Quick
Kate Rae
Bruce Rowland
Sally Ryan
Gria Shead
Michael Simms
Gary Smith
Vicki Sullivan
Helga Visser
Alex Weltlinger
Sally West
Leigha White
Lucila Zentner

The biennial Naked & Nude Art Prize (previously the Manning Art Prize: Naked & Nude) commenced in 1990, with entries open to Australian artists. The Art Prize features a partnership between Friends, which funds the Art Prize through the Friends Art Fund Trust, and the Manning Regional Art Gallery who organise entries and curate the exhibition. After 25 years, the Naked & Nude Art Prize has become a prestigious national event on the Australian Arts Calendar and is open to artists in a variety of mediums. The lucrative event in 2017 carried a $21,000 prize pool. The winning entry is acquired by the Friends of the Manning Regional Art Gallery and donated to the Manning Regional Art Gallery’s permanent collection.

“Naked & Nude refers to two things: firstly the great tradition of the Nude: a person who is bare with no covering or decoration.

Secondly, a wider definition: something that is revealed, laid bare, unmasked or vulnerable”.